As the first Japanese national to receive the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from an APA (American Psychological Association) accredited PsyD program, I have worked in higher education for approximately 20 years. As a female faculty and administrator of color, there have been three important commitments I have always held in my heart while working for graduate education.
1. To understand, appreciate, and foster diversity inclusion that's based on academic rigor.
My diversity coursework is evidence-based, theory-driven, and data-informed. I strive to instill a sense of shared responsibility for students to learn about diverse others and ways to engage in necessary diversity-dialogues with each other. Graduate students need to be able to digest classical studies and literature as well as current research in diversity to fully develop ways to compose solid critical thinking, and I strive to equip graduate students with this knowledge as well as skills to express their stances professionally both verbally and in writing. My commitment to diversity related work also connects to advocacy work as systemic changes are absolutely necessary to have true social and educational justice.
2. To foster meaningful mentoring relationships with students and colleagues.
No one enters a rigorous graduate program and leaves from it the same way they came in. Changes, whether they are internally or externally motivated, are inevitable for graduate students. As no one is able to survive graduate school experiences alone, relying on honest and meaningful dialogues with faculty and colleagues is essential for graduate students to personally and professionally grow. Solid mentoring relationships can also encourage a commitment to a life-long learning process which is necessary for those who are involved in education.
3. To pave the way.
As others (especially those from backgrounds opportunities were not easily given) have paved the way for me and others like me I see it as my obligation to do the same for the next generation of graduate students. How many of you have seen faces like yours reflected and included in textbooks you have used up to this point in your life? How many of you have learned about theorists and researchers who come from your cultural background? How many of you have seen people from your cultural background represented in academic and community leadership positions? If you can answer "yes" to these questions, you are very fortunate. Some may take education for granted whereas others see it as a privilege and foster a sense of responsibility to contribute back to society.
2017 to 2019 Member: American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs (BEA)
2016 to 2017 Past President: National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
2015 Selected Member/Participant: American Psychological Association Annual Educational Leadership Conference: “Translating Psychological Science to Educational Practice, Policy and Practice.”
2015 to 2016 President: National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Presidential Initiative and Annual Mid-Winter Conference Theme: "Creating the Mentorship Pipeline."
2014 to 2016 NCSPP liaison: American Psychological Association BEA (Board of Educational Affairs)
2014 to 2016 CTR (Campus Training Representative): APA Federal Education Advocacy Coordinators; APA Education Government Relations Program
2014 to 2015 Selected Member: 2014-15 APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
2014 to 2015 President Elect: National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
2014 Statement Contributor/Advocate: Call-to-Action Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Abduction of the Nigerian School Girls
2013 to 2014 Selected Member: APA Presidential Citation Committee (2014 APA President: Dr. Nadine Kaslow)
2012 to 2014 NCSPP liaison: APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA)
2012 to 2014 Chair: Ethnic Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC), National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
Johnson, W.B., Jensen, K. C., Sera, H., & Cimbora, D. M. (2018). Ethics and relational dialectics in mentoring relationships. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 12(1), 14-21.
American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Cynthia D. Belar Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award (2016). Presented at the Annual American Psychological Association Convention. Denver, Colorado.
SCHOLARSHIP: SELECTED INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS
Globerman, S., & Sera, H. (2017). Critical Investigation of Unique Therapeutic Setting When Working with People Who Experience Homelessness. Presented at the UNESCO for the World Congress of Psychotherapy. Paris, France.
Brown, K.T., El-Ghorury, N.H., Jackson, J.S., Sera, H., & Wilson, T. (2016). Commitment to Ethnic/Racial Diversity Competency in Education, Training, and Workplace in the United States: Undergraduate, Graduate (National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology), and Organization (American Psychological Association). Presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology. Yokohama, Japan.
Sera, H. (2009). The Main Concepts of Professional Psychology Doctorate Process: Can This Be Duplicated in Japan? Presented at the Osaka City University. Osaka, Japan.
Sera, H. (1999). Key Concepts: Residential and Long Term Treatment and Care of Japanese Geriatric Population. Presented at the Ikoi-no-Sono Board of Directors Conference. Gunma, Japan.
Sera, H. (1998). An Overview of Individual Psychology: How to utilize Adler’s teaching in non-Western societies. Presented at the Japan Individual Psychology Annual Conference. Yokohama, Japan.
Sera, H. (1998). Principles of Individual Psychology: Western and Eastern Perspectives. Presented at the Osaka Adler Guild Association. Osaka, Japan.
Sera, H. (1997). Influences of Multicultural Dimensions on Life Style and Social Interest. Presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
Sera, H. (1997). The Use of Adlerian Psychology with Criminal Population. Presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
Sera, H. (1996). Understanding the Meaning of Social Interest from a Japanese Perspective. Presented at the International Association of Individual Psychology at Oxford University. Oxford, England.
SCHOLARSHIP: SELECTED DOMESTIC PRESENTATIONS
Globerman, S., Paracios, D. P., Sera, H., …., & Szajner, K. (2016). Promoting Family and Community Mental Health through Pragmatic Grassroots Advocacy. Presented at the 80th Minnesota Psychological Association Annual Convention. Plymouth, Minnesota.
Khang, M., & Sera, H. (2016). An Exploratory Study of the Relationship between Fatalism, Locus of Control, and Hmong Individuals with Alcohol Related Offenses. Presented at the Sixth International Conference on Hmong Studies. St. Paul, Minnesota.
Sera, H. (2016). Presidential Address: Mentorship as Another Competency: Reflections on Complex Trajectories of Mentorship Relationships. Presented at the 39th National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Annual Mid-Winter Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Cardoso, E., de la Plata, C.M., Holland, D., Sera, H., Qualls, D., & Vega, M. (2016). Perceptions of Multicultural Competency among Psychologists Who Serve People with Disabilities. Presented at the 92nd American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dallas, Texas.
Sera, H. (2014). Global and Domestic Health Disparities among Racial Minorities. Invited Presentation. Presented at the Indian Health Board. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sera, H., & Solon, P. (2007). Living and Working in Diverse Communities. Invited Presentation. Presented at the Minnesota Women in Psychology workshop. Edina, Minnesota.
Robinson, T., & Sera, H. (2002). Anger Management Based on Adlerian Conceptualization. Presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
Sera, H. (2001). Social Interest Assessment with Japanese and Nisei Populations. Presentation. Presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology Annual Conference. Tucson, Arizona.
American Psychological Association
Division 9: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Division 29: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women
Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race